November 11, 2004


Bush Is Asked to Break Deadlock on Intelligence Reform (Walter Pincus, November 11, 2004, Washington Post)

Key lawmakers, family members of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and members of the commission that studied the attacks called on President Bush yesterday to break a deadlock in Congress that threatens to block passage of an intelligence reform package.

Lawmakers had hoped to complete work on legislation to reorganize the U.S. intelligence system in time for final action by Congress when it returns next week for a post-election session. But a dispute between the Senate and House Republican leaders over the budgetary powers of a new national intelligence director threatens to torpedo action this year. House Republican leaders and Pentagon officials are opposed to shifting control over the majority of intelligence spending from the secretary of defense to the new intelligence director, as the Senate version of the legislation would do.

"We believe that the president has the power to move this legislation forward and to override the Pentagon's influence in producing this stalemate," Carol Ashley, a member of the 9/11 Family Steering Committee, told reporters.

Man, when you're on a roll this stuff just falls in your lap--the President gets to ride in at the last minute and get all the credit for a reformation he only reluctantly accepted.

Posted by at November 11, 2004 12:08 AM


Be very careful here. It is highly desirable that a certain "fog" surround intelligence operations. Transparency is death. Accountability is death.

Posted by: Lou Gots at November 11, 2004 8:31 AM


It should be totally open. A closed system is always wrong about what it thinks it knows.

Posted by: oj at November 11, 2004 8:47 AM

oj, exactly.

"It's not what you don't know that makes you look like a fool. it's what you do know that ain't so."

--Appalachian Mountain proverb.

Posted by: Uncle Bill at November 12, 2004 5:15 PM